Jumps Season - At The Races

Colin Tizzard Stable Tour

    Colin Tizzard talks us through his ever-increasing-in-quality team, chock full of established stars with exciting classy novices coming through.
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COLIN TIZZARD enjoyed another highly satisfying season in 2018-19 with his 77 winners accruing his Sherborne team £1,888,757 in prize money.

There weren’t just the lambs skipping in Spring as Reserve Tank established himself as one of the stable stars with victory in the Grade 1 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree and following up in the Grade 1 Champion Novices Hurdle at Punchestown.

Lostintranslation cut a dash as the typically fast developing Tizzard type chaser when relishing the step up to an extend three miles in the Grade 1 Mildmay Novices Chase at Aintree.

The usual suspects Elegant Escape, Native River and Thistlecrack are primed for another rewarding season at the top table and the underlying trend of the Tizzard team is having horses capable of performing in the top contests.

Joe Tizzard, assistant to his father Colin, kindly guided Tony Elves through those names who will hopefully be seen up in lights this season.

All Horses

Eldorado Allen (FR)

  • 6-y-o; grey gelding
  • Breeding: Khalkevi - Hesmeralda (Royal Charter)
  • Owner: J P Romans & Terry Warner
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 13 Mar 2020 14:10
  • Result: 22/24, chased leaders, ridden and weakening when hampered on inside after 2 out, soon well behind
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Form Profile:

145-rated hurdler. Scored by four and a half lengths from Sevarano on his debut for that stable in a maiden hurdle at Sandown (2m) in November and 8-13f when unseating in the race won by West To The Bridge at Aintree (2m 1f) the following month.

Trainer Says:

He got injured after his second run at Aintree last year and is back in full work. He is rated 145 and we will run him somewhere in the second half of November. He will stay hurdling and find a handicap hurdle and we will feel our way with him this season and go novice chasing next season.

Elegant Escape (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Dubai Destination - Graineuaile (Orchestra)
  • Owner: Mr J P Romans
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 13 Mar 2020 15:30
  • Result: 11/12, led 1st, not fluent 3rd, headed 4th, led after 12th, headed next, ridden from 15th, weakened after 4 out
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Form Profile:

160-rated chaser. Landed his most valuable success in the Grade 3 Welsh National at Chepstow (3m 5 1/2f) in December when beating Ramses De Taillee a length and a quarter off a mark of 157.

Trainer Says:

We will probably see him first in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby on November 2 and then we will make a decision after that as to where we go. We have two options after that. If he bolted up he could have improved a bit and would go to Haydock for the Betfair Chase or if we are going to try and turn him into a Grand National horse we could go for the Becher and give him some experience of the fences. He is not an old horse and not far off being serious Gold Cup class and he did finish sixth in the race last year after a hard season. He doesn’t have to improve a lot to give himself a serious chance in the Gold Cup.

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Elixir De Nutz (FR)

  • 6-y-o; grey gelding
  • Breeding: Al Namix - Nutz (Turgeon)
  • Owner: Mr Terry Warner
  • Last Race: Kempton, 26 Dec 2019 14:30
  • Result: 7/10, chased leader, led after 2nd, headed on long run before 2 out, lost 2nd and weakened before 2 out
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Form Profile:

153-rated hurdler. Won three of his four starts after joining the stable and gained his most prestigious success when beating Grand Sancy half a length in the Grade 1 Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown (2m) in January.

Trainer Says:

We are going to aim him for the Champion Hurdle. He had a slight injury the week before Cheltenham and he won’t run until December. We don’t know where yet but the plan is to go for the Champion Hurdle.

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Fiddlerontheroof (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Stowaway - Inquisitive Look (Montjeu)
  • Owner: Taylor, Burley & O'dwyer
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 10 Mar 2020 13:30
  • Result: 11/15, in touch on inside, driven and lost place after 2 out, weakened before last
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Form Profile:

Finished second, beaten two lengths, to Thyme Hill in the Grade 2 Persian War Novices Hurdle at Chepstow (2m 3 1/2f) on Friday on his stable debut.

Trainer Says:

He won his last bumper at Navan beating The Big Getaway of Willie Mullins’s that ran really well at Punchestown. He is a lovely big horse and he ran a cracker in the Persian War at Chepstow on Friday when second to Thyme Hill. He is a lovely prospect and should win plenty of races.

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Fox Norton (FR)

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Lando - Natt Musik (Kendor)
  • Owner: Ann & Alan Potts Limited
  • Last Race: Ascot, 16 Feb 2019 15:55
  • Result: 3/6, held up in last pair until mistake and dropped to rear 6th, given time to recover, closer tracking leaders 4 out, 2nd after next until approaching 2 out, no extra in 3rd
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Form Profile:

166-rated chaser. Finished runner-up, beaten seven lengths, to Altior in the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase at Ascot (2m 1f) in January and not seen out again after finishing third, beaten 18 ¼ lengths, to Cyrname in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase at Ascot (2m 5f) in February.

Trainer Says:

He injured himself and missed the second half of last season but he is back in and just started cantering. He is not going to be ready until December so we could start him in the Tingle Creek or something like that. He will tell us when he is ready but he doesn’t seem to have lost any of his ability at home. He ran a cracking race in the Clarence House at Ascot and we are looking forward to running him again. He nearly won at all three Festivals the year before and he is a very good horse.

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Lostintranslation (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Falika (Hero's Honor)
  • Owner: Taylor & O'dwyer
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 13 Mar 2020 15:30
  • Result: 3/12, travelled well, in touch in mid-division on inside, closed 7th, challenged before 2 out, led narrowly before last, headed just after last, held and lost 2nd towards finish
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Form Profile:

161-rated chaser. Not out of the first three in six races in Novice Chase company last season and runner-up to Defi Seuil on three occasions including when beaten two and a quarter lengths in the JLT Novices Chase at Cheltenham (2m 4f) in March. Gained reward for his consistency when landing the Grade 1 Mildmay Novices Chase at Aintree (3m 1f) in April by six lengths from Topofthegame.

Trainer Says:

He finished last season off with a victory in the Mildmay at Aintree on his first run over three miles and he has summered extremely well. It’s the best he has ever looked and the plan is to start at Carlisle in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase on November 3 and it will be Haydock after that. We will see if he has improved enough to go to the King George VI Chase and a potential £1 million bonus. After that we would be hoping that the Gold Cup would be his main target.

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14 Oct 2017:

Master Debonair

  • 6-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Yeats - Swincombe Flame (Exit To Nowhere)
  • Owner: The Gosden Mob & Sprayclad Uk
  • Last Race: Ascot, 15 Feb 2020 13:15
  • Result: 3/4, led, hit 4 out and next, headed 2 out, ridden and weakened into 3rd before last
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of his five bumpers and notched a notable success when beating Thyme Hill a neck in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham in November.

Trainer Says:

He won a Listed bumper at Cheltenham last year and will probably start off in a two mile novices hurdle at the first Cheltenham meeting. He shows plenty of pace and could well be a Supreme Novices’ horse.

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Mister Malarky

  • 7-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Malinas - Priscilla (Teenoso)
  • Owner: Wendy & Malcolm Hezel
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 10 Mar 2020 14:50
  • Result: PU/23, tracked leaders, driven before 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, behind when pulled up before next
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Form Profile:

150-rated chaser. Landed the Grade 2 Reynoldstown Novices Chase at Ascot (3m) in February and went onto finish second, beaten five lengths, to Kildisart in a Grade 3 Handicap Chase at Aintree (3m 1f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He improved no end last year from winning down at Plumpton to the Grade 2 Reynoldstown at Ascot. He was then second in a Grade 3 Handicap Chase at Aintree and he will probably start at Sandown followed by the main target which is the Ladbroke Trophy. He could then be a Welsh National horse and take the same route the Native River and Elegant Escape have taken the last couple of years. We think he has improved at home and he ticks a lot of boxes for a second season chaser going for the Ladbroke and he has also won at Newbury.

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Native River (IRE)

  • 10-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Indian River - Native Mo (Be My Native)
  • Owner: Brocade Racing
  • Last Race: Newbury, 8 Feb 2020 15:00
  • Result: Won/6, mostly jumped well, made all and clear most of way, hit 3rd and 14th, ridden before 2 out, stayed on strongly, unchallenged
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Form Profile:

167-rated chaser who won the 2018 Gold Cup. Failed to add to his score in three races last season but performed creditably finishing runner-up, beaten four lengths, to Bristol De Mai in the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock (3m 1 ½ f) in November, then third, beaten 13 ½ lengths, to Clans Des Obeaux in the King George VI Chase at Kempton (3m) on Boxing Day and finally fourth, beaten nine and a quarter lengths, to Al Boum Photo when trying to defend his Gold Cup crown at Cheltenham (3m 2 ½f) in March.

Trainer Says:

He will start a bit later but he has come in and is absolutely fine. He is cantering away but is a bit behind everything and he could run in December. We have talked about the Welsh National but he is rated 167 and nothing has ever won it off higher than 160 and there is a chance we will take him over to Ireland. We won’t be looking for another King George as going right handed doesn’t suit him. We still think that if the ground came up soft that he is still capable of performing well in another Gold Cup. He’s a bloody good boy and there’s definitely a big race in him again.

Reserve Tank (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Jeremy - Lady Bellamy (Black Sam Bellamy)
  • Owner: The Reserve Tankers
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 12 Mar 2020 13:30
  • Result: PU/12, prominent on inside, ridden and lost place after 3 out, weakened quickly and pulled up before next
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Form Profile:

151-rated hurdler. Improved out of recognition in the spring and landed the Group 1 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree (2m 4f) in April by three and a quarter lengths from Brewin’upastorm and the Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown (2m 4f) in May by half a length from Sams Profile.

Trainer Says:

He start off at Chepstow today in the 2m 3 ½f novices chase and with all this rain coming that would be ideal. We have started Cue Card, Thistlecrack, Native River and Finian’s Oscar in that race and it is a lovely starting point. I think he is a proper two and a half miler and the JLT will be the long-term plan.

Video Form
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Royal Crown

  • 4 ch g Creachadoir - Royal Army
Form Profile:

Runner-up in his only point-to-point in Ireland in March.

Trainer Says:

We nearly entered him this weekend but we just thought he was just short of his peak in his work. He should be out in the next ten days and we will find a novice hurdle for him somewhere.

Slate House (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Presenting - Bay Pearl (Broadway Flyer)
  • Owner: Eric Jones, Geoff Nicholas, John Roman
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 11 Mar 2020 14:10
  • Result: 6/10, held up towards rear on inside, not always fluent, headway 15th, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, hampered last, tailed off
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Form Profile:

135-rated chaser. Ran his best race over fences when runner-up, beaten five lengths, to Huntsman Son at Newbury (2m 4f) in March on his first run after a wind operation.

Trainer Says:

I think he is a horse that could have been a little bit forgotten. He struggled last year but he seems in very good form at home now. We may give him one spin in a Beginners’ Chase and then head for the BetVictor.

Video Form
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The Big Breakaway

  • 4 ch g Getaway - Princess Mairead
Form Profile:

Impressive winner of his point-to-point in Ireland in April.

Trainer Says:

He is a gorgeous horse we paid at lot of money for at Punchestown. He does everything very easily at home and jumps well. I would imagine that he will start in a two-mile five novices hurdle at Wincanton on October 27 and then go from there. We will start small with him and find our feet as he has only had one run in his life but he does everything right at home.

The Russian Doyen (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Doyen - Namloc (Phardante)
  • Owner: The Gosden Mob
  • Last Race: Aintree, 9 Nov 2019 14:05
  • Result: PU/10, chased leaders, mistakes, lost place 4th, well beaten from 12th, well behind before 3 out, soon pulled up
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Form Profile:

140-rated chaser. Gained the second of two successes last season in a Limited Handicap Chase at Newbury (2m) in January off a mark of 138.

Trainer Says:

He is back in and is well and we will probably start off in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter. A stiff two round there in a Limited Handicap is perfect and if he progresses he would be running in the Paddy Power’s and other races like that. He was fourth in the Novices Handicap at Cheltenham last March and finished best of the British. He is improving again and he starts the season in the Haldon Gold Cup.

Video Form
15 Oct 2017:

Thistlecrack

  • 12-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Kayf Tara - Ardstown (Ardross)
  • Owner: John And Heather Snook
  • Last Race: Newbury, 29 Nov 2019 15:00
  • Result: 2/5, tracked leading trio, closer in 3rd 7th, 2nd going well before 3 out, every chance next, went 2nd approaching the last, hung left and stayed on run-in
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Form Profile:

167-rated chaser. Best effort last season when runner-up, beaten a length and a half, to Clan Des Obeaux in the King George VI Chase at Kempton (3m) on Boxing Day.

Trainer Says:

He’s not just back yet but should be next week and he’s really well after spending some time in a prep yard. Where we are going to start with him I’m not really sure but he’s still put up a best performance of one of our horses over fences when finishing runner-up in the King George. We will work it out when he’s fit and go from there.

Vision Des Flos (FR)

Form Profile:

153-rated hurdler. Gained his most prestigious success when beating If The Cap Fits a length and a half in the Grade 2 National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell (2m 3f) in February.

Trainer Says:

He has had his wind tweaked in the Summer and he is going to go Novice Chasing again. He was a bit unlucky over fences at Ffos Las and we thought we would see how good he was over hurdles. His form got stronger and stronger as the season went on and we don’t know where we will start but I think he will be a very exciting novice chaser.

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